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1982: Solidarity leader Walesa released
The Polish government frees the leader of the outlawed Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, after 11 months of internment.

1984: Quid notes out - pound coins in
The English pound note is to disappear after more than 150 years.

1954: New York's Ellis Island closes
New York's main immigration point, Ellis Island, shuts its doors after 62 years.

1980: Saturn's rings caught on film
Space probe Voyager 1 sends vivid images of the rings of Saturn across nearly a billion miles of space.

1997: 'Great Train Robber' escapes extradition again
The 'Great Train Robber', Ronnie Biggs, celebrates after Brazil rejects a British request to extradite him.

2001: Greece holds plane-spotting 'spies'
The Greek authorities are to carry out further inquiries in the case of 12 British plane-spotters being held on spying charges.


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10 November
Top Story: 1995: Nigeria hangs human rights activists

11 November
Top Story: 2004: Veteran leader Yasser Arafat is dead

13 November
Top Story: 1985: Volcano kills thousands in Colombia

14 November
Top Story: 1991: US accuses Libyans of Lockerbie bombing

15 November
Top Story: 1940: Germans bomb Coventry to destruction


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